Nanuk 945 Waterproof DJI Phantom 4 Hard Case Review

Nanuk 945 Waterproof Hard Case for DJI Phantom 4 Review

Part of the fun of being a DJI Phantom 4 pilot is getting to spend a great deal of time on the road exploring new places and capturing amazing aerial photos and footage. While this is a lot of fun, it presents a challenge. How do you keep your drone safe as you travel across the country? When you have spent over $1500 on a drone, you wouldn’t want to take chances with its safety, would you? Well, you could toss your drone into a backpack and get moving, but that would not be too reassuring. Instead, it would be better to invest in a high quality military-grade carrying case built with the sole purpose of keeping your DJI Phantom 4 safe, such as the Nanuk 945 Waterproof Hard Case for DJI Phantom 4.

The Nanuk 945 is made by Plasticase (Nanuk), a company that has been at the forefront of designing and manufacturing high quality injection molded plastic cases for over three decades. The Nanuk 945 is a rugged, light weight, waterproof protective case for the DJI Phantom 4. Just like the inspiration behind the Nanuk trademark, this case is strong and fearless, designed to keep your DJI Phantom 4 safe in the harshest conditions. In the rest of this post, we are going to look at the key features that make the Nanuk 945 Hard Case the perfect option for keeping your Phantom protected.

You can also take a look at our review of the 5 best DJI Phantom 4 cases for more options of keeping your drone protected.

Build

One of the first things you will notice about the Nanuk 945 is that it was built with a single objective in mind: survival. The case is designed with thick walls, rounded corners and oversized details, all which combine to enable the case to absorb all kinds of shock without getting damaged and more importantly, without damaging its contents. The exterior hard shell of the case is built using an impact-resistant resin material known as NK-7. Unlike most drone cases, the Nanuk 945 is fitted with 4 latches instead of the usual 2. The case is available in a range of colors and comes with an optional padded shoulder strap for easier carrying.

The Nanuk 945 has an IP67 waterproof rating, which means that it can survive submersion in water at a depth of 3 feet for about half an hour. The case is fitted with a custom designed waterproofing seal that will resist deformation and fatigue to provide a long lasting airtight seal. Near the carrying handle is a small circular vent that allows the case to equalize potential pressure differentials. If you were to pack your drone into the case at sea level and then travel to shoot footage up a mountain, it would be impossible to open the case at the mountain since the airtight seal would effectively create a vacuum inside the case. However, the one way circular vent allows the pressure inside and outside the case to equalize continuously, all this without affecting the watertight properties of the case.

Features

The Nanuk 945 comes with a study pre-cut foam insert that fits the DJI Phantom 4 like a glove, holding the drone and its accessories securely without any slop. The insert is designed such that you can store your bird with the propellers on. The propellers are protected with paddings to ensure they do not get bent or damaged when you close the case. The foam insert has properly cut compartments for the controller, 4 batteries, spare propellers, charger and other cords, an iPad mini, as well as any other accessories you might need for your drone. It also comes with a foam piece for protecting the cameral gimbal.

Nanuk 945 Waterproof Hard Case for DJI Phantom 4 Review

The latches on the Nanuk 945 are equipped with Plasticase’s patented PowerClaw Latching System, which is designed to keep the case closed in all situations. Once locked, the PowerClaw clamps require two steps to unlock: you have to press and hold down a button before pulling up the release latch. While the system is not tamper-proof, it will keep the case closed even when it is dropped or banged against something. The case also comes with 2 padlock hasps built directly into the case, which are compatible with high quality combination locks approved by the TSA.

Compatibility

The Nanuk 945 is compatible with most drones in the DJI Phantom series, including the Phantom 4, the Phantom 4 Pro, Phantom 4 Pro+, the Phantom 3, Phantom 2 and Phantom 1.

Warranty

Plasticase understands that the DJI Phantom 4 is a big investment for you and that all its accessories need to meet a certain level of standards and satisfaction. Therefore, they are proud to offer a 100% no questions asked refund if for any reason you are not satisfied with the Nanuk 945 waterproof case.

Pros

  • The Nk-7 nylon resin exterior shell will take all kinds of impact and keep your Phantom 4 secure.
  • The 4 latches with PowerClaw technology will keep the case closed in all situations.
  • The IP67 waterproof rating means the case will keep your bird safe even in the harshest weather.
  • The case is available in six different colors.
  • It comes with a foam gimbal block that secures and protects the camera and gimbal.
  • It can store the Phantom 4 with the props attached.

Cons

  • The case is too large to be carried on an airplane as carry-on luggage.

Verdict

The Nanuk 945 Waterproof Hard Case for DJI Phantom 4 is the perfect option for keeping your costly drone protected. The case is a light weight, waterproof, solid and durable piece of engineering that will take whatever you throw at it in the course of your day to day drone flying activities. With the Nanuk 945, you will never have to worry about damaging your bird as you take it out for a shoot or as you load it up in a car trunk full of other cargo. You will also love being able to stow your Phantom without having to remove the props.

This case is featured on our Best DJI Phantom 4 cases article.

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